Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Tour with Lunch in Sirince
Ephesus is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites from the classical era. Highlights include the Celsus Library and the Great Theatre. You'll also discover the House of the Virgin Mary and stop by Sirince for a spot of lunch. Gökhan, one of our local guides, says, ‘During the time of Emperor Tiberius, Ephesus was the most important city in Europe apart from Rome. It was wealthy due to its flourishing commercial activity, home to 250,000 people and culturally very advanced. The site is truly impressive – so much detail remains.'Let your expert your guide transport you back in time, learning about the living past of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the Celsus Library, built with double walls to protect its scrolls from the heat. Peek into houses still decorated with frescoes, and nose around the public baths, brothel and shops. Walk down Marble Street to see the Great Theatre, a spectacular 24,000-seater dug into the hillside, which once rang with the cries of gladiators and the sermons of St Paul.Next, we'll visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a Catholic and Muslim shrine. There's a wishing wall, where you can leave written prayers, and a fountain whose waters are believed by some to have miraculous powers. We'll round off the day in Sirince – a little less ancient but still with a sense of yesteryear. Here, you'll have lunch at a family-run restaurant before tasting the local fruit wine and enjoying free time to stroll along the town's cobbled streets.
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Bodrum Gulet Boat Cruise by Outback Yachting
With glittering turquoise seas and Bodrum's picture-perfect coastline, this cruise is the ultimate way to enjoy the delights of the area. You'll sail out on a gulet boat to while away the hours sunbathing on deck, chilling, swimming and eating lunch in the open air.
Bodrum Turkish Bath with Transport
Turkish baths are synonymous the world over with relaxation and rejuvenation. On this excursion to a premier Turkish bathhouse, you'll detox in the steam room, receive a body scrub on a stone slab and receive a foam massage.
Private Ephesus and Sirince Tour from Bodrum
Walk in the footsteps of the ancients during this private tour of Ephesus and Sirince. The classical Greek city of Ephesus was the location of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Temple of Artemis. While time seems to have stood still in the pretty mountain village of Sirince. Gökhan, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘The Library of Celsus was built as a mausoleum to Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, pro-consul of Asia Minor, and could hold 12,000 scrolls. Austrian archaeologists restored it in the 1970s to its current state.'After stopping at a ceramics workshop to see the artisans showing off their skills, you'll venture into sun-soaked hills to discover one of the most extensive and complete archaeological sites in the world. On arrival at Ephesus, you'll follow marble-paved streets to gaze at mosaics in ancient Roman houses and admire epoch-defining buildings such as the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Grand Theatre. With your own guide to explain the historical context, you'll get more from your private tour.Next, we'll visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a Catholic and Muslim shrine. There's a wishing wall, where you can leave written prayers, and a fountain whose waters are believed by some to have miraculous powers. It's a little less ancient, but a sense of yesteryear permeates in Sirince. Here, you'll have lunch at a typical restaurant before enjoying some free time to stroll along its cobbled streets or taste local wines.
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The Turgutreis market and street bazaar is shopaholic heaven. And on this tour, you'll spend the morning digging out the best bargains in leather goods and local ceramics at the bazaar, and soaking up the sights, sounds and scents of the food market. There's also free time to explore the seafront town.Spend around 90 minutes exploring this renowned street market and bazaar. Wander past tightly packed stalls, laden with every kind of fruit and vegetable imaginable – and the banter between stallholders is street theatre in itself. Wander through shaded stalls, piled high with soft-knit pashminas, bejewelled slippers and hand-woven rugs. And rack after rack of soft leather bags, brightly painted pots and gleaming brass ornaments.Be sure to haggle for the best price – it's expected, and it's all part of the bazaar experience. After, they'll be some free time on the seafront where you can continue the hunt for bargains, stop for lunch or even visit the town's mosque.
Istanbul is where Europe and Asia collide, and where the past and present meet. You'll catch an early-morning flight to Turkey's largest city and spend a day exploring its rich heritage. Among the sights you'll visit are the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, the Egyptian Bazaar and Galata Bridge.
A 215 km-long arm reaching into the sea, the Bodrum Peninsula packs a punch in the scenery stakes. And alongside its good looks, it boasts a collection of evermore charming towns, too. This private tour includes a guided visit to Turgutreis' silver mosque, souvenir shopping in a market, plus a seafront lunch Gumusluk, and free time in Yalikavak.
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This Bodrum tour delivers a great mix of sights and activities. Highlights include the Gumbet Windmills, Myndos Gate, the ancient theatre – and even leaves time for a gold centre visit and a while to explore the old town at your own pace.
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A traditional Turkish gulet is your vessel for the day on this exclusive, private cruise. Best of all, it's reserved solely for you and your party. Let your captain sail along Bodrum's picture-perfect coast as you while away the hours sunbathing and swimming – there are at least three swim and snorkel stops. And come lunchtime, tuck into a traditional Turkish lunch on board.
Dalyan River Boat Cruise to Iztuzu Beach with Lunch
Winding river cruises, mud baths, ancient tombs and the chance to catch a glimpse of loggerhead turtles – this exclusive Dalyan tour is a nature-lover's delight. Sailing on an eco-friendly boat, you'll explore the classical tomb-lined River Dalyan. You might even spy turtles as you drift by the sandbank nicknamed ‘Turtle Beach'.
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The pine-clad hills above Bodrum will be your playground for the day as you set off on a 4x4 off-road adventure to in the Anatolian countryside. You'll drive to sensational viewpoints, have great fun at mudbaths and learn a little about local olive oil production.
Highlights Tour of the Bodrum Peninsula with Seafront Lunch
The west coast of the Bodrum peninsula is packed with hidden gems, rustic villages and romantic seafront promenades. You'll visit Turgutreis, Gumusluk, Derekoy and Yalikavak with time for a traditional meze lunch and browsing the bazaars in between.